U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent a threatening letter to representatives of member-states of the UN General Assembly who intend to support a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, slated for Thursday.
“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us,” she wrote in a letter reports Israel based Haaretz.
The United States had vetoed a draft United Nations resolution rejecting US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after all 14 other Security Council members backed the measure.
The veto cast by US Ambassador Nikki Haley highlighted Washington’s isolation over Trump’s announcement that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city.
According to Haaretz, Haley continued, “As you know, the General assembly is considering a resolution about President Trump’s recent decision on Jerusalem. As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the U.S. take this vote personally.
“Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. congress declared that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. embassy should be moved to Jerusalem. President Trump affirmed that declaration by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, the President’s announcement does not effect final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. The president also made sure to support the status quo of Jerusalem’s holy sites, and did not advocate changes to arrangements at the Temple Mount/ Haram al-Sharif.”
Haley added: “The U.S. announcement is an acknowledgment that peace is best advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the country’s founding nearly seventy years ago The President clearly voiced support for a two-state solution if that’s what the sides agree on.”